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1 of 7 Twin Cities men accused of plot to join Islamic State set to plead guilty


One of the seven Minnesota men awaiting trial on charges of trying to join the Islamic State extremist group is expected to plead guilty in court Wednesday.

According to the Associated Press, 19-year-old Hanad Mustafe Musse is scheduled for a "change of plea" hearing in federal court in Minneapolis.

He is facing charges including conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, and of misusing federal financial aid to buy a plane ticket, AP notes.

The Star Tribune reports that Musse, of St. Louis Park, will appear before U.S. Judge Michael Davis at 10 a.m. to enter the plea, and will become the second person involved in the wider conspiracy to plead guilty after Abdullahi Yusuf did so in February.

The newspaper says the men were part of a "circle of about a dozen young Somali-American men" accused of plotting to join the Islamic State in the Middle East. Musse was among six arrested by FBI agents in April.

The others are still awaiting trial.

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